|Positive Psychology: The Science of Happiness - WGBH|
Tal Ben-Shahar, instructor, psychology, Harvard Tal Ben-Shahar discusses current research on the science of happiness and introduces ideas and tools that can actually make a difference in one's life. The study of happiness or of enhancing the quality of our lives, has been dominated by pop-psychology (much charisma, but relatively little substance) and academia (much substance, but isolated from most people's everyday lives)...
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|Disruptive Innovation and the Way We Learn - WGBH|
Clayton Christensen, professor, business administration, Harvard Clayton Christensen discusses his model of disruptive innovation and its application to the field of education. Clayton M. Christensen is the Robert and Jane Cizik Professor of business administration at the Harvard Business School, with a joint appointment in the technology and operations management, and general management faculty groups...
Keywords: business & economics; education
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|Documentary Story Structure: From Great to Excellent - WGBH|
Fernanda Rossi, documentary story consultant; Gino Del Guercio, filmmaker Fernanda Rossi provides a "before and after" style case study of Del Guercio's documentary in order to illustrate what elements make for great story structure. Using the real life example of Del Guercio's work in progress, Abandoned in the Attic, Fernanda Rossi (known as "the Doc Doctor") explains story structure models and what to look for in making a film excellent...
Keywords: art & architecture
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|News Dissector: Is Media Harming Democracy - WGBH|
Danny Schechter, executive editor, MediaChannel.org Danny Schechter explores the rapidly changing ways in which we receive our information. He believes that media, the field in which he has worked for four decades, is harming our democracy. Are the major news corporations doing more harm than good? Can independent media, empowered with the tools of a technological revolution, do any better? Danny Schechter, "The News Dissector", launched a media career in Boston on WBCN Radio...
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|Shubha Mudgal: Gender and Art in South Asia - WGBH|
Shubha Mudgal, vocalist, musician, composer; Rajashree Ghosh, resident scholar, WSRC, Brandeis; Ulka Anjaria, assistant professor, English, Brandeis; Harleen Singh, co-chair, South Asian studies program, Brandeis Musician Shubha Mudgal explores how gender and art interact and intersect in South Asia. From a living tradition extending back thousands of years, Shubha Mudgal's richly textured voice takes the listener on a musical journey that draws inspiration from medieval Sufi poetry, romantic lo...
|Zainab Salbi: Between Two Worlds - WGBH|
Zainab Salbi, writer, activist Zainab Salbi was 11 when her father was chosen to serve as Saddam Hussein's personal pilot. Her mother eventually sent Zainab to America for an arranged marriage, to spare her from Saddam's growing affection, but the marriage turned out to be another world of tyranny and abuse. Zainab started over. She forged a new identity as a champion of female victims of war, dedicating her life to speaking out on behalf of oppressed women around the world...
Keywords: society & culture
|Unicorn in Captivity: Science Helping Art - WGBH|
David Chudnovsky, director, IMAS; Gregory Chudnovsky, director, IMAS To create an exact visual reproduction of one of the Metropolitan Museum of Art's Unicorn Tapestries, digital cameras photographed every inch. When the hundreds of digital photographic files didn't fit smoothly together, the Chudnovsky brothers, co-directors of the Institute for Mathematics and Advanced Supercomputing, were brought in to solve the mystery.Art and science have continually flirted over the centuries...
Keywords: art & architecture
|Robert Fisk: War, Geopolitics, and History - WGBH|
Noam Chomsky, professor, linguistics, MIT; Robert Fisk, correspondent, The Independent Robert Fisk, journalist for the UK-based publication, The Independent, recounts his experiences traveling around the world and living in the Middle East, Fisk speaks on history and geopolitics in the Middle East. His focus is on the problems with journalism in the United States, which include an over-reliance on what government authorities say and the common mode of reporting "from Baghdad" but entirely within...
Keywords: media; technology & culture
|Capitol Perspective: New Bedford Immigration Raid - WGBH|
Edward Kennedy, senator, D-MA; Ali Noorani, executive director, MIRA; Corrin Williams, director, CDEC; Melanie Falcon, student reporter, Emerson College US Senator Ted Kennedy hosts Ali Noorani, Executive Director of the Massachusetts Immigration and Refugee Advocacy Coalition (MIRA), and Corrin Williams, Director, Community Economic Development Center, in a studio discussion revolving around the New Bedford, MA Immigration Worker Raid which took place in March, 2007 at a New Bedford factory...
|Education for Liberation: Black Panther Party - WGBH|
Elaine Brown, activist, writer Elaine Brown is a lecturer, a writer, an activist, and the first female leader of one of the most influential militant civil rights groups in the US, the Black Panthers. Ms. Brown continues to uphold the vision of the Black Panthers and continues to advance some of the programs introduced by the party, but now serves a is executive director of the Michael Lewis Legal Defense Committee...
|Epic Journeys of Freedom - WGBH|
Cassandra Pybus, founder, Australian Humanities Review Historian Cassandra Pybus traces the lives and adventures of the runaway slaves who absorbed the dreams of liberty from their masters during the American Revolution and fled to the British to find freedom. She tells us where where these hopeful and courageous idealists went and what kind of lives they made for themselves. PBS | NPR Forum Network program with Cambridge Forum 2006 Feb 22
|Inside the Pentagon at the Dawn of the War on Terrorism - WGBH|
Douglas Feith, former undersecretary of US defense policy Douglas J. Feith discusses the dynamics of the first Bush term, and describes how we make foreign policy decisions. The following warnings appeared in a 2002 Bush administration memorandum:"US could fail to find WMD on the ground in Iraq." "Post-Saddam stabilization and reconstruction efforts by the United States could take not two to four years, but eight to ten years.""Iraq could experience ethnic strife among Kurds, Sunnis, and Shia."T...
|Tribute to Jackie Robinson - WGBH|
Sharon Robinson, director, educational programming, Major League Baseball; Scott Simon, writer; Tom Oliphant, former columnist, Boston Globe Sharon Robinson and Scott Simon pay tribute to Jackie Robinson during the 60th anniversary year of his having broken the color barrier in Major League Baseball. Sharon Robinson is Jackie Robinson's daughter, and the director of Educational Programming for Major League Baseball...
|After the Victorians: The Decline of Britain in the World - WGBH|
A.N. Wilson, fellow, Royal Society of Literature The distinguished historian A.N. Wilson charts Britain's rise to world dominance. In his much anticipated sequel to the classic The Victorians, he describes how, in little more than a generation, Britain's power and influence in the world virtually dissolved. Wilson presents a panoramic view of an era, stretching from the death of Queen Victoria in 1901, to the dawn of the Cold War in the early 1950s...
|European Muslim Identity in the New Millennium - WGBH|
Mustafa Ceric, Grand Mufti, Republic of Bosnia and Herzegovina His Eminence, Dr. Mustafa Ceric addresses some of the issues and challenges resulting from the presence of several million Muslims in Europe. He shares some of his thoughts on the integration of the large European Muslim minorities into the social, political and cultural structures of Europe and addresses the question of how Muslims can help build multi-faith, pluralistic European nation states that are more tolerant of and open to '...
|An Eyewitness Account of Wrongful Execution - WGBH|
Sister Helen Prejean, writer, activist; Joseph F. Savage, Jr., chairman, NE Innocence Project Author and activist Sister Helen Prejean has been instrumental in sparking national dialogue around the unanswered questions surrounding the death penalty: Should any state have the power to execute? Is the death penalty appropriate retribution for particularly heinous murders? Does it deter crime? Does it fundamentally violate human rights? Prejean's book, Dead Man Walking, which portrays her experienc...
|Choosing Ocean-Friendly Seafood - WGBH|
Lydia Bergen, manager, sustainable fisheries initiative, NEAQ; George Kierstead, executive chef, NEAQ Aquarium Fish stocks around the world are threatened by overfishing. The aquaculture industry is expanding at an exponential pace. The demand for seafood globally is increasing every year. How can we maintain our natural marine resources and feed our global community? The Seafood Choices Movement is striving to tackle this question and the New England Aquarium is deeply embedded in this process...
Keywords: environment; health
|Measure of God: Can We Reconcile Science and Religion - WGBH|
Larry Witham, reporter, writer Journalist and author Larry Witham talks about the topics found in his book, The Measure of God: History's Greatest Minds Wrestle with Reconciling Science and Religion In this lecture, Witham explores the tension between science and religion that lies at the heart of contemporary debates on stem cell research, cloning, and teaching evolution in the school curriculum...
|Consciousness, Creativity, and the Brain - WGBH|
David Lynch, filmmaker; Fred Tavis, neuroscientist, Maharishi University; John Hagelin, physicist, Maharishi University David Lynch, the award-winning writer, director, and producer, answers questions on his films, his 32-year practice of Transcendental Meditation, and the role of consciousness in the creative process. He is joined by physicist John Hagelin, who was featured in the documentary "What The Bleep Do We Know?" and neuroscientist Dr...
|From Jazz to Hip Hop and Beyond - WGBH|
Emmett Price III, musician Emmett Price III examines the connections between jazz, hip hop and other music forms. Price, a musician and educator, discusses the importance of music as a means of communication and its capacity to bridge generational and other interpersonal gaps. PBS | NPR Forum Network program with WGBH Lectures Boston Public Library 2008 Apr 29
|Roxana Robinson: The Cost of Addiction - WGBH|
Roxana Robinson, writer Roxana Robinson tackles the subject of addiction, exploring its effects on the bonds of family. In her latest book, Cost: A Novel, Robinson brings her hallmark precision to the evocation of the emotional interiors of her characters.Roxana Robinson is the author of three novels and two short-story collections. Her work has appeared in The New Yorker, Harper's Magazine, and Vogue...
|UN in the Era of American World Power - WGBH|
James Traub, writer; Gillian Sorensen, senior adviser, United Nations Foundation; Iqbal Riza, former chief of staff, UN Secretary General Annan; Nancy Soderberg, National Security Council, President Bill Clinton James Traub discusses his new book The Best Intentions: Kofi Annan and the UN in the Era of American World Power with Gillian Sorensen, Senior Adviser at the United Nations Foundation and Iqbal Riza, former Chief of Staff to Secretary General Kofi Annan...
|Music and the Invasion of Technology - WGBH|
Christine Southworth, composer, Brown University & MIT; Evan Ziporyn, professor, music, MIT Composers Evan Ziporyn (Bang On A Can and Gamelan Galak Tika) and Christine Southworth (the robot opera Zap!) perform new works for robots and humans, on western and traditional Balinese instruments. Afterwards, they discuss how technology influences the musical experience for composers, performers and listeners.Art and science have continually flirted over the centuries...
|Exploring the Space Frontier - WGBH|
Sunita Williams, astronaut, NASA Sunita Williams shares her experience being a crew member of the International Space Station and the Space Shuttle. While on the International Space Station, Williams set a world record for women with four spacewalks totaling 29 hours and 17 minutes. Williams has logged a total of 195 days in space. Wililams, a NASA Astronaut and Needham, Massachusetts native, gives this lecture on the 45th anniversary of President Kennedy's Rice University speech about going to ...
Keywords: society & culture
|Through an Uncommon Lens: F. Holland Day - WGBH|
Patricia Fanning, archivist, author, associate professor, Bridgewater State College Archivist and author Patricia Fanning presents information from her book Through an Uncommon Lens: The Life and Photography of F. Holland Day. Fanning has written Through an Uncommon Lens: The Life and Photography of F. Holland Day, a book about Boston-based photographer F. Holland Day (1864-1933). Day was a central figure in artistic circles on both sides of the Atlantic...
Keywords: art & architecture; history
|Operation Homecoming - WGBH|
Andrew Carroll, editor, writer Operation Homecoming is a program created by the National Endowment for the Arts to encourage returning soldiers to write about their wartime experiences. Their poems, essays and stories will soon be published in a literary anthology. Soldiers having recently returned from Iraq who have participated in this program read from their works. Andrew Carroll, editor of the anthology and author of the best selling War Letters, moderates...
|Documentary Filmmaking Today - WGBH|
Lucia Small, director; Randy Barbato, director; John Walter, director; Gerald Peary, writer, director Critic and filmmaker Gerald Peary moderates a discussion of the craft of documentary filmmaking among several independent directors. Panelists include Lucia Small (director of The Axe in The Attic); Randy Barbeto (director of When I Knew, The Eyes of Tammy Faye, and Inside Deep Throat); and John Walter (director of Theater of War)...
|Conversation with Madeleine Albright - WGBH|
Madeleine Albright, former Secretary of State; Joseph Nye, professor, foreign policy, Harvard Madeleine Albright, discusses her new book, Memo to the President Elect: How We Can Restore America's Reputation and Leadership with Harvard University Professor Joseph Nye. Madeleine Albright served as Secretary of State under President Bill Clinton. PBS | NPR Forum Network program with the John F. Kennedy Library Foundation 2008 Jan 13
|A Conversation with Alan Alda - WGBH|
Alan Alda, actor, writer; Tom Oliphant, host, Week In Review, PBS Six-time Emmy Award-winning actor of M*A*S*H, West Wing, ER and best-selling author Alan Alda, discusses his new memoir Things I Overheard While Talking to Myself. Alda's latest work chronicles his experiences from the turbulent 1960s to the aftermath of 9/11. Former Boston Globe columnist Tom Oliphant moderates. PBS | NPR Forum Network program with John F...
Keywords: society & culture
|Tissue Engineering: Challenges of Imitating Nature - WGBH|
Gordana Vunjak-Novakovic, Harvard-MIT Division of Health Science and Technology Imagine a world where we could engineer living tissues to cure a disease, heal an injury, or fix a broken heart. Tissue engineering combines the principles of biology, engineering and medicine to create biological substitutes of native tissues. Can we use engineered tissue to better understand our own bodies? What are the promises of this new technology? What are the roadblocks and controversies?This project is suppo...
|American Experience: John and Abigail Adams - WGBH|
Bernard Margolis, president, Boston Public Library; Kelly Cobble, curator, Adams National Historic Park; Jonathan Chu, dean, education, UMass Boston; Peter Drummey, librarian, Mass Historical Society; Elizabeth Deane, producer, American Experience, WGBH The Adams story provides a strikingly intimate look inside a marriage of true companions, says Deane, for whom life included not just the great events memorialized in textbooks, but also laughter, loneliness and family tragedy.To present the coup...
|Banned in Boston: The Silent Speech of Margaret Sanger - WGBH|
Cecile Richards, president, Planned Parenthood Cecile Richards reflects on the silencing of Margaret Sanger and the era that gave us the phrase, "Banned in Boston." "You all know that I have been gagged. I have been suppressed. I have been arrested numerous times. I have been hauled off to jail. Yet every time, more people have listened to me, more have protested, more have lifted their own voices." Thus read Arthur Schlesinger, Sr...
|Religion and Politics in America - WGBH|
Richard Cizik, vice president, government affairs, National Association of Evangelicals; John Danforth, retired US senator, writer; Barry Lynn, executive director, AUSCT; Renee Loth, editor, editorial page, The Boston Globe Rev. Richard Cizik, Vice President of Government Affairs for the National Association of Evangelicals; retired Senator John Danforth, author of Faith and Politics; and Rev. Barry Lynn, Executive Director of Americans United for Separation of Church and State and author of Pie...
|Michio Kaku: Physics of the Impossible - WGBH|
Michio Kaku, co-founder, string field theory One hundred years ago, lasers, televisions, and computers seemed physically impossible. Today, teleportation and invisibility seem equally far-fetched. Renowned physicist Michio Kaku explores how mind reading, the routine use of force fields, and other feats that are currently science fiction may become commonplace tomorrow. WGBH Forum Network program with the Museum of Science, Boston 2008 Apr 29